Skip to comments.Virginia Loses 1st Newspaper (Official Dinosaur Media WakeŽ)
Posted on 06/02/2009 5:31:05 AM PDT by abb
The Clarke Courier was a small newspaper for a small place. Its circulation was but 2,240, but in a county of just 14,000 people, that meant that if you wanted to know what was going on in Clarke, you had better check the Courier.
No more. The Courier last week became Virginia's first paid circulation newspaper to die in the epidemic of closings, layoffs and cutbacks that are part of the dismantling of the American news infrastructure. It won't be the last.
More than 10,000 journalism jobs have disappeared from U.S. newspapers so far this year, a pittance compared to what the automobile industry is going through, but a huge excision from the country's newsgathering and reporting capabilities. And in communities such as Clarke--located just beyond the edge of sprawl west of Loudoun County (Routes 7 and 50 go through it)--
The paper was just sold to a new owner last year. But the publisher of the Winchester Star was unable to save the Courier. The problem was not circulation or readership--they held steady, as they have for most community weeklies. After all, local news is one commodity that is still available primarily from newspapers--the wire services and aggregators (YahooNews, Google News, etc.) that have turned national and foreign news into a nameless, brandless stream of free, raw data don't handle local news. But ad revenue, the lifeblood of journalism, dried up, both because of the recession and because of the massive shift of advertisers' dollars, interest and energy from the old standby of print papers to a hodgepodge of other outlets, both online and not (mostly to nowhere, actually--this is the great unwritten story of the dismantling of the news industry, the concomitant decline of the advertising and public relations businesses).
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I don’t know about this paper and the truth is, I never read it and won’t miss it but the trend is disturbing. It’s the smaller pubs with local appeal that will feel the pain of the public distrust and hard economic times, not the Slimes and ComPost. Small town drivers, small town pressmen and shop helpers, layout specialists, ad salespeople.. It’s these people that are hurt by the corruption rampant in the print media.
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My subscription for our local paper ran out last week and I’m not renewing it. It is getting more liberal and constantly pushes for additional spending and tax increases. My city is about 40,000 people but they think they are Chicago or New York.
News is the garbage you put in a paper so people will pick it up and look at the ads.... and they paid the price.
The Slimes and the ComPost are undergoing wrenching change, too. The NY Times company will be bankrupt within the next year or two.
Be sure and call the publisher and tell him why you are firing him. He needs to hear it from a real customer.
May she be the first of many.
“I dont know about this paper and the truth is, I never read it and wont miss it but the trend is disturbing. Its the smaller pubs with local appeal that will feel the pain of the public distrust and hard economic times...”
On target. The scummy liberals have destroyed print media in this country. Try to start up a print publication and the people and advertisers will immediately assume it’s a leftist publication.
It will take a ton of money to start up a publication and run it with few advertising dollars to prove to the local community that it’s not a clone of the leftist New York Times.
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That’s a good idea! I will do that.
I had subscribed for over 30 years but I’ve had enough.
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From your lips quisling Fisher, from your lips.
"But ad revenue, the lifeblood of journalism, dried up, both because of the recession and because of the massive shift of advertisers' dollars, interest and energy from the old standby of print papers to a hodgepodge of other outlets, both online and not (mostly to nowhere, actually--this is the great unwritten story of the dismantling of the news industry, the concomitant decline of the advertising and public relations businesses)."
Keep telling yourself that quisling Fisher, keep telling yourself that. :^)
All the hardware needed for a new start up can be purchased at a bankruptcy auction for pennies on the dollar.
As for content?
Content speaks for itself.
Any individual(s) seeking to bring a right-wing POV to print obviously must have a plan and unfortunately the youngsters know not the meaning of "conservatism
Considering the state of the GOP I'm not sure what they'd say or where they'd start.
A startup printer should have to go after both left *&* right with hammer & tong under the circumstances.
Both right-wingers & leftists *love* being told how correct their way is; especially, when [it] isn't.
Honesty's a tough sell regardless the audience, these days.
The Liberal-Socialist quisling mediots won by default since there really isn't much choice anymore, is there.
Always been that way. What the other side is selling - Something for Nothing - has always been a workable scam.
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